So there is water on Mars, eh? It’s cool that we found that out. But, you know, this is no surprise to God, right? It’s ironic how we can be so proud to discover things that God already knows. It’s not truly a discovery, except to us.

It’s no different than Columbus “discovering” by accident a “new” land. “North America” and “South America” were already there in 1492. They didn’t suddenly appear. There were already trees and rivers and mountains and animals… and families who made the land their home with farms and livestock and livelihood.

In some ways our “discoveries” reveal more about our limitations than our achievements. The more we find the more we realize the feebleness of our advancement. This is ironic, because it is precisely our desire to steal knowledge that led us to disavow the Creator in the first place. We failed then to acknowledge God. Will we continue to miss knowing him as well?

When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
the moon and the stars you set in place—

what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
human beings that you should care for them? – Psalm 8:3-4

This post should appear in a new book called Make a Difference that is scheduled for release in April 2016.
Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

One thought on “Mortals

  1. The Bible is full of paradoxes. Seeking knowledge isn’t bad. “Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance” Proverbs 1:5 The danger is to be “always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth” 2Timothy 3:7


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